Clint

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  • Clint posted a new activity comment 1 day, 16 hours ago

    That’s assuming you manage get an “Oxbridge” degree of course, the chances of that will no doubt bear heavily of whether to apply to Oxbridge or Love Island…

  • Clint posted a new activity comment 1 day, 17 hours ago

    Let’s see now, which is going to be most attractive?

    The chance to spend a few weeks on an island with a bunch of (superficially,) attractive randy people, getting paid for doing it, with the knock on effect of Warholian 15 minutes.

    Or

    Studying your arse off for a few years with the chance of paying a small fortune to study your arse off some…[Read more]

    • I’m really proud of my younger cousin who went to Cambridge (he’s tackling finishing his PHD at the mo), but I basically agree. On the other hand, I was a little bit sad that Ellen MacArthur became a national hero in France (thanks to her French sponsor meaning she came to be noticed there) when she didn’t become one here during her sailing…[Read more]

      • Maybe you’re part of the problem if you feel that Ellen MacArthur didn’t get due recognition in the UK?

        The media that thrives is the media that we choose to use and take notice of. Even though sailing is way outside my range of sporting interests I was somehow very aware of her exploits.

      • My memory is that Ellen MacArthur was massively famous at the time, though maybe she got even more coverage in the East Midlands. On the same thread though, I do remember Tony Bullimore (clearly a very brave and formidable man) becoming hugely famous in the UK for being rescued, while in France, Pete Goss got the acclaim for actually doing the…[Read more]

        • That’s because A* is the new A, and lots of people get them. Having said that, she’s only 1 grade out and if it’s technically possible for her to get A*s then she should be allowed to apply.

          • yes, I know A* is now the top, even so for her course the required grades are A*AA, so she’s not far away. And the school can’t prevent her applying. But the point I was making was that even at a very high performing state school they are discouraging one of their better students from thinking Oxford is for them. This means that for many sub…[Read more]

    • You are wrong. A piece of paper with “Oxbridge Degree” written on it rightly or wrongly opens many doors which a piece of paper with just “Degree” written on it does not.

      • That’s assuming you manage get an “Oxbridge” degree of course, the chances of that will no doubt bear heavily of whether to apply to Oxbridge or Love Island…

      • @adam This observation is certainly true in many circumstances, like shortlisting cvs in some professions. But the favoritism would, at least in part, be recognized for the extra mile that many Oxbridge graduates are prepared to undergo to meet their objectives. A place at Oxbridge denotes a combination of objective setting and hard work that is…[Read more]

        • >This observation is certainly true in many circumstances, like shortlisting cvs in some professions. But the favoritism would, at least in part, be recognized for the extra mile that many Oxbridge graduates are prepared to undergo to meet their objectives. A place at Oxbridge denotes a combination of objective setting and hard work that is prized…[Read more]

          • Your description of the academic aspect certainly resonates with my recollection (and my daughter’s current travails at Cambridge). However, you present your “brilliant survivors” as the winners in the Oxbridge environment. My experience was of being surrounded by a thousand very able, very ambitious peers for whom the academic tasks were a tires…[Read more]

          • My problem was that I had to work really hard just to keep my head above water (lectures each morning then most of the rest of the day, often into the small hours, struggling desperately to understand my notes) and, far from aiming for a first, I ended up, after three years, more or less relying on some doable questions on seismic waves (!) to…[Read more]

      • @adam I suspect the difference in your experience to that of other posters is subject. Maths and physics simply are harder and require more work than modern languages or PPE, and that would be true at other universities as well.

        • I made a similar observation earlier and the awareness that the sciences required more hours of “compulsory” study did steer me away from Chemistry towards Languages. But science is not harder than the humanities. Once intractable maths and science problems are being solved all the time, yet a comprehensive understanding of the human condition (ph…[Read more]

          • You can argue that this is true for the subjects, but studying sciences is definitely harder than studying humanities, if only because understanding of a subject can be tested without ambiguity. You do not get far by providing your own “interpretation” of a maths or biology problem!

          • @songbird How does having a better definition of the correct answer make a subject harder? If anything that should single out the sciences as easier. Not that I’m making that argument since I’ve already observed that the sciences very obviously impose a greater compulsory workload.

            In literature or philosophy you are probing the mind of the aut…[Read more]

          • Being able to clearly distinguish correct and wrong answers in an exam leaves much less wiggle room for the student, no chance of getting by with some waffling and a good sales pitch! It is, therefore, possible to test a much larger body of knowledge in any given exam.

            I guess you will find that most science questions also do not simply ask for…[Read more]

          • “The regurgitating exams exist, but I would class them as simply lazy or even bad teaching practice!”

            I agree entirely. I don’t know about over in Germany (?) but here in the UK rote learning and regurgitation of formula keyed through Pavlovian training with certain question styles seems to the the main outcome of A-level sylibii and t…[Read more]

          • @ratface There’s also a lot of variation within the sciences. I started studying chemistry at university where there seemed to be usually be one single correct answer but for a variety of reasons dropped out of university for a while (ironically to get a job as a lab technician based on my chemistry skills). I later went back to study biology,…[Read more]

        • That may be true, but, by all accounts the Cambridge Maths course was (and probably still is) exceptionally demanding and fast paced. What’s more, you could be good enough to get in and then three years hard work later you could understand your stuff and still potentially be unable to do any questions in your finals – there were no questions just…[Read more]

        • > Maths and physics simply are harder and require more work than modern languages or PPE.

          Except for the truly brilliant few (and there were certainly some at Cambridge!) for whom the Maths course was apparently effortless. And unlike brilliant physicists, they didn’t have to do lab stuff and unlike brilliant humanities students, they didn’t…[Read more]

  • Clint posted a new activity comment 1 week, 1 day ago

    I’ve read that he doesn’t see western stability and unity being in Russia’s interests.

    • The latest bad news of course are the imminent trade wars, initiated (or so it seems on the surface) by one D. Trump.

      It’s wrong to speculate but as you get jaded by each new revelation you do begin to wonder if it’s Moscow that is pulling the strings.

  • They have their uses – I bought my car on one of them, but I was lucky enough to get a very good deal on it. Paid the finance for the minimum term I had to, then paid off the balance on an interest-free credit card. I now own it outright and will probably do what I usually do – run it until it gets too expensive to maintain and then get a newer…[Read more]

  • I think the argument for legalising drugs is sound and a lot of politicians agree. But it will be a brave political party who suggests it, knocking on doors of middle class suburbs or crime ridden inner city estates saying you intend to legalise heroin raises some interesting images of likely responses.

  • They can charge what they like, doesnt mean you have to pay.

  • A lot of the problem, imo, with grammar schools is that they don’t suit all the children who go to them. Many of the children who are coached intensively to be able to pass their 11+, because of parental aspiration, struggle when they no longer have access to that intensive input. They cannot cope with the type of learning which is expected of…[Read more]

  • Clint replied to the topic Old vs new boilers in the forum General Chat 1 month, 2 weeks ago

    Unless it’s burning gas like an oil rig flare, I’d leave it.
    Mine is getting on for 20 years old now, it’s not the best efficiency wise, but I can’t justify the cost of a new high efficiency one. I just don’t have the heating on as much, especially now I’ve got my wood burner.

  • Clint replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    Yes, they rank the ‘ethical’ funds. Some score as low as 3 out of 20!

  • Clint replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    They get the bottom rating as a bank in 17 of the categories. In the supermarket study, Asda scores zero. Best to check out the website to be honest for detail, but you could probably guess a few.

  • Clint replied to the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    If you haven’t come across ethical consumer before, I don’t think I could do it justice on here, but you can google them and get access to a bit of info without a subscription. They have 20 criteria on which they make their judgements, which range across the spectrum….eg human rights, factory farming, use of palm oil, workers rights,…[Read more]

  • Clint started the topic Ethical banking in the forum General Chat 1 month, 3 weeks ago

    The latest ethical consumer magazine is devoted to ethical banking and investments. It makes for interesting reading. At the top of the list are Triodos, and then all the building societies which score between 12.5 and 16.5 out of 20. Working up from the bottom we have Tesco bank, M and S money, RBS, Nat West, between 0.5 and 3, and others such as…[Read more]

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